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Cynthia Hill is a graduate of Toronto’s York University (Theatre/English). She was the winner of the Scugog Council for the Arts Literary Competition (Prose) in 2010 for her story, “The Big Thought.” She has also written and edited for several websites and blogs. In her spare time, she works with many community theatre groups.
on Feb. 24, 2013 :
Really, really enjoyed this emotional rollercoaster of a book. True rating is 4.5 stars. It's written in diary form so its first person point of view which I enjoy but I know is a turn off for some people. All I can say is give this book a chance, it is worth the risk :)
Tara is a 32 year old married woman, fed up with where she is in life and unable to see things getting any better. One night she watches an interview with an ex band member and old flame from her favourite band from her teenage years. What he says in that interview is a trigger for her to do something radical to change the direction her life has gone in.
I think the less you know about this book before you start reading, the better. Just hop right in, strap up tight and prepare for a wild ride. Tara is character that got under my skin and I wanted to shake her, warn her to stop taking so many risks but most of all I wanted to give her a big hug. By the end of the story, I really cared about her, I wanted her to catch a break and have her happy ending even if I couldn't figure out how that could possibly happen. The fact I felt so strongly for Tara, I think speaks volumes for how skilfully the author has drawn her and how totally engrossed in Tara's world that I became. And that ending...all I can say is wow!
Highly recommended to all who like psychological, mind bender books!
Thanks to Cynthia Hill for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
mandy I Read Indie anderson
on Oct. 25, 2012 :
I wasn't sure how I would feel reading a book in diary format. But you know what? I kinda liked it. I found myself unable to put the book down; it kept demanding me to read 'just one more chapter'. And I ended up giving in to its demands. I was intrigued with Tara's story. I had to know what broke this couple apart and would they find their way back to each other.
But God bless Tara's heart...poor girl could not catch a break. From her rocky marriage (her husband told her he wasn't sure if he loved her or his new $3000 tv more) to her seemed-to-be-doomed-from-the-get-go road trip in search of her first love. Yeah as that saying goes 'What can go wrong...will go wrong!"
Like I said earlier, this book demanded my attention. It sucked me in. I loved that the main character was a thirty something woman making it easier for me to relate to. Not that my 13 years of marriage is bad by any means, cause it’s not, just that we are around the same age. I was able to remember my childhood crushes on (dare I say) New Kids on the Block. I remember day dreaming of them and wondering what it would be like to date one of them, especially Donnie. (Hangs head in embarrassment).
So all in all I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick read that I found hard to put down and very enjoyable. Some parts got a little raw for my tastes...but when desperate times called for desperate measures...what are you gonna do? But I am glad I hung in there. That ending was so messed up…in a very good way of course. I had no idea that is where the author was leading us to and I was completely shocked. Thank you Hill for allowing me to read your work and I hope to work with you again in the future.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on July 05, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. There was never a dull moment and I couldn't put it down because I couldn't wait to see what would happen to the main character. The ending was definitely a shocker; I did not see it coming at all. Definitely a suspenseful/mind-twist book. I hope the author keeps on writing!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Oct. 12, 2011 :
Right off the bat, the author had me hooked. I did not want to put it down. It was well written and for the most part very believeable. The ending was not expected and was the type of book that kept you thinking long after the last page was read. I would recommend this book for those who like suspense and a twist.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)